Earth’s Population Could Reach 9.7 Billion by 2050

The United Nations recently released a report saying that the world population is expected to climb to 9.7 billion in 2050. The current population of the world is at 7.7 billion and the population could then jump to 11 billion by 2100.

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“By 2050, more than half of the world’s population growth will be concentrated in just nine countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt, and the United States.” The UN stated as reported by ABS-CBN News.

The study imagines a future where life expectancy is extended while the growth rate slows due to declining fertility rates. Currently, the global fertility rate is 2.5 births per-woman and it’s expected to fall to 2.2 in 2050.

Many scientists believe that the Earth’s maximum carrying capacity is at 9 to 10 billion people. One has to wonder what the world would come to when the population surpasses that mark.

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